Sometimes I feel like the world of Arsenal is picking on me… I try and leave it alone, then bang, someone says something outrageous.
Ivan, right back at it, with the ‘honestly, that cash pile is an illusion’ chat.
Talking the NY Times:
“We can’t afford to outgun competitors that have far more money. We have to be very careful, very selective,”
Well, firstly, someone needs to remind him who our rivals were last season. Namely, Spurs and Leicester. We can outgun both of those sides. Then look at City, we already have a wage bill within an Abou Diaby of them. Then look to Europe. We should be able to compete with Juventus for money. We should be able to compete with Atletico, Dortmund and Bayern.
Maybe Barca, PSG, United, Chelsea and Madrid have more resource than us… but it’s a mighty huge market out there.
Ivan talks about needing to be selective. I mean, not sure what that means. But all teams need to be selective with their budgets. I don’t think there’s a manager out there saying, ‘hey, let’s just be dickheads about this’… Arsenal don’t need to be more selective, they need to be more affirmative. They actually need to make a decision. I know I harp on about it, but not going big for Suarez was nothing to do with being selective or not having the money. Refusing to pay £32m for Higuain was also not being too selective, it was being weak and unsure. Not pulling the trigger on Mikki this summer wasn’t about not having the resources, it was about not having the bottle.
… the bottle neck is all one man. Ivan knows this.
Anyway, we are where we normally are. Scrambling around for players in the mild hope something might happen.
Our planning is so bad. I mean, look at the centre back issue with Per. I told you about a week ago that was an impending issue, now we have like, one centre back available on tour. If we were smart planners, we’d have had Chambers our on loan last season, so he’d not be flubbering around in our first team defence making errors when we need him this season. We’d also have had a replacement for Per lined up, because he’s older, injury prone and starting to struggle.
… but that is long term thinking. Jeez, it’s not even long term. It’s just planning 2 seasons ahead.
It was the same last season. If I could call that Cazorla had been brutalised in the first team / international games and he was due an injury last season / we should have had an able replacement ready, why couldn’t Wenger? If we could see that Coquelin wasn’t enough, why couldn’t Wenger?
It’s the same old, same old.
The only thing you can bank on this season is that if it goes wrong, he’s toast with the fans. It was horrible in the ground last year, because fans have had enough. If the season starts badly, it’ll turn sour quickly. Thing is, this time around, with the quality we have around us, I’m not sure he has the know-how to turn it around.
I’ve not predicted we’d drop out of the top 4 before, but I’m genuinely quite concerned that Wenger is running on fumes again. He’s injected zero excitement into the preseason, I very much doubt he’s brought anything dazzling to our inflexible tactical setup and I’m pretty sure the holes in our squad will be there or poorly patched up come the start of the season.
Can Wenger survive a fan onslaught after we watch managers from other clubs roll in the fresh players? Juve, Liverpool, Chelsea, United, City, Dortmund, Bayern… only manager having trouble here is our very own.
Can Wenger survive an Everton with a much better manager, along with Liverpool, City and United upgrading?
Only so long you can take the nonsense rhetoric from the CEO. Only so many times you can hear the manager talk about transfers not being like buying loaves of bread. Only so many times the fans can see the same mistoccurringuring time after time.
This ‘big summer for Wenger’ is about his 5th. Might be his last. Because he’s botching it hard…
Time will tell, but it’s not looking good, regardless of how hard Ivan tries to skew your thinking.